Chris Collins, originally from Skibbereen in County Cork has commenced practice in the Galway Clinic and Bon Secours Hospital Galway. He also holds the post of Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery in Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe Co Galway. He also holds the posts of Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgery in the National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick.
Mr Collins began his surgical training in Cork completing his basic surgical training and research in surgery there. Following his PhD, he completed the Higher Surgical Training Scheme in General Colorectal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery along with a Masters in Quality in Healthcare. He then did a fellowship in Guys and St Thomas' in London with Professor Bob Mason concentrating on oesophagus and gastric as well as bariatric (weight loss and obesity) surgery. He was subsequently appointed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge as a Consultant Surgeon, where his main areas of interest were minimally invasive oesophago-gastric surgery as well as the early diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s Oesophagus using Endoscopic Mucosal Resection and Radio-Frequency Ablation. He was vice-chairman of the Anglia Oesophago-Gastric Group and was a founding member of the Cambridge Hernia Centre specialising in Laparoscopic Inguinal and Incisional Hernias. Chris is a graduate of both UCC engineering and medical schools. On completing his basic training he undertook research at the Cork Cancer Research Centre with Professor Gerry O'Sullivan and developed the electrochemotherapy programme there, which culminated in a successful clinical trial and the development of new medical devices for the laparoscopic and endoscopic delivery of this treatment. He was awarded the St Luke’s Young Investigator Medal in 2005 and has published in excess of 30 peer-reviewed papers as well as being involved in the successful awarding of grants from the EU as well as Enterprise Ireland for the development of electroporation devices as well as educational animation software. He is very involved in clinical research and teaching in Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, in the areas of patient safety, minimally invasive day case and upper gastrointestinal surgery.
Mr Collins’ major areas of expertise include upper gastrointestinal swallowing difficulties including achalasia, dysmotility and oesophageal reflux and hiatus hernia, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of oesophagus (gullet) and gastric (stomach) cancers. He also performs weight loss and bariatric surgery for obesity following multidisciplinary assessment and treatment according to international best practice guidelines. Mr Collins is very experienced in general surgery and performs laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole gallstone disease) for gallbladder stones. He also performs laparoscopic and open repair of groin and abdominal wall hernias as well as incisional hernias according to national and international best practice. He offers direct access endoscopy including gastroscopy and colonoscopy in suitable patients for quick and easy diagnosis, and also direct access skin lesion and minor surgery procedures on request.